CONWAY, SC The Coastal Carolina University mens golf team is ranked 25th in the nation, according to the GolfWeek/Sagarin Performance Index, announced Mar. 20. The squad is also currently ranked sixth in the highly-competitive South Region by the NCAA South Region Ranking Committee.
The Chanticleers moved up three spots this week after a win at the Seminole Intercollegiate, Mar. 5-7, and a runner-up finish at the General Jim Hackler Invitational, Mar. 12-13. In the last two tournaments, CCU has defeated four teams currently ranked in the top 25, with wins over East Tennessee State (#11), North Carolina (#16), Texas Tech (#20) and Pepperdine (#21).
Individually, junior Dustin Johnson (Lexington, S.C./Dutch Fork) is ranked 11th in the nation by GolfWeek and 24th in the GolfStat Cup. In 27 rounds this season, he is averaging 72.04 strokes per round, with two individual tournament victories and a tie for first in another. The 2006 NCAA East Regional medalist, Johnson has finished in the top 20 in eight of nine events, has 12 rounds of par or better and is ranked 11th in the region, according to GolfStat, with a 516-89 record in tournament play.
Coastal will next be in action at the Administaff Augusta State Invitational Sat.-Sun., Apr. 1-2. The tournament will be played at Champions Retreat Golf Club in Augusta, Ga.